Map the System 2020

In 2020, Map the System had 52 international educational institutions, 3500 students taking part and 31 finalists attending the Global Final in June.

University of Illinois iceberg model

2nd place

Second place went to University of Illinois team, awarded £3,000 for their examination of women’s health inequities and menstruation in the United States.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill smoking model using systems science

3rd place

Third place was awarded to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, used systems science to better understand disparities in smoking rates in the United States.

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Poor Plastic Waste Management

Ashesi University

Runner up

Runner up went to Ashesi University, who examined poor plastic waste management in their city, Accra in Ghana.

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Adolescent Pregnancy in Peru

University of Chicago

Runner up

Runner up went to University of Chicago from the USA, who presented on the topic of adolescent pregnancy in Peru.

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Fatal Opioid Crisis of United States

University of Rochester

Runner up

Runner up went to University of Rochester, also in the USA, who set out to better understand the country’s opioid epidemic.

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Becky Ryder

Becky works across group organisations to support teams who are adopting a systems approach, including leading the development of materials and programs designed to increase systems capacities.

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Ed Straw

Ed is the Visiting Research Fellow at the Open University’s Applied Systems Thinking in Practice unit, headed by Professor Ray Ison, with whom he recently co-authored a book on The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking, and its application to governments and governance.

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Jill Andres

Jill brings over two decades of experience to her work supporting social entrepreneurs and multi-stakeholder groups to effect meaningful, systemic change.

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joe hsueh

Joe Hsueh

Joe has completed more than 60 systems mapping projects worldwide. Developing a participatory systems mapping methodology and an online tool to help corporations, foundations and governments co-develop systems change strategies with stakeholders.

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Josiane Smith

Josiane is the Partnerships and Growth Manager at SIX. Gathering market intelligence, building international ecosystems across government, university, corporate and philanthropic sectors and building capacity around systems thinking in context and practice.

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Sharon Zivkovic

Sharon is the Founder and CEO of Community Capacity Builders and Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer at Wicked Lab. In partnership with government, Community Capacity Builders delivers active citizenship programs and a program for social entrepreneurs that takes a complex systems approach

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Map the System 2020 in numbers


3,500+ teams registered globally:

comprising interdisciplinary teams of students and recent graduates passionate about social and environmental issues

54 higher education institutions:

each running internal Map the System competitions

16 countries and regions represented:

Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, UK, and USA